Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make fruitful or productive.
  • intransitive verb To bear fruit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bear or produce fruit.
  • To make fruitful; render productive; fertilize: as, to fructify the earth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To bear fruit.
  • transitive verb To make fruitful; to render productive; to fertilize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To bear fruit; to generate useful products or ideas.
  • verb transitive To make productive or fruitful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make productive or fruitful
  • verb bear fruit
  • verb become productive or fruitful

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fructifien, to bear fruit, from Old French fructifier, from Latin frūctificāre : frūctus, fruit; see fruit + -ficāre, -fy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French fructefier.

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